Grant ID PP240040
Awarded On February 21, 2024
Title Expanding Intensive Smoking Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Adult Patients in Central Texas FQHCs
Program Prevention
Award Mechanism Cancer Screening and Early Detection
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator/Program Director Brandon Altillo
Cancer Sites Lung and Bronchus, Tobacco-related
Contracted Amount $2,000,000
Lay Summary

There is a critical need for more effective delivery of intensive tobacco cessation intervention and lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scanning (LDCT) in Central Texas, particularly in underinsured and vulnerable patients. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Central Texas. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality and the strongest risk factor for lung cancer. Vulnerable patients ages 50-80 who smoke or recently quit are at particular risk related to uninsuredness and lack of access to evidence-based care. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) including CommUnityCare (CUC) and Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC), serve large numbers of vulnerable...

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